EN - In 1934, Stalin created an independent state for communist Jews from the Soviet Union and from abroad. It became home to families from Ukraine, France, Brooklyn ... After the purges and auto-da-fés that took place in the 20th century, what remains of the land - its culture, its language - is on the brink of oblivion. An intimate and dark portrait of Birobidzhan. A final inventory before disappearance?

FR - En 1934, Staline crée un État indépendant pour les juifs communistes soviétiques et du monde entier. Des familles débarquent d'Ukraine, de France, de Brooklyn...  Après les purges et autodafés du XXè siècle, ce qui reste du pays, de sa culture, de sa langue, se tient au bord de l'oubli. Un portrait intime et sombre du Birobidjan. Inventaire avant disparition ?


Title Birobidjan
Original title Birobidjan
Original language Russian, Yiddish
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre documentary
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-03-29


Photography Vincent Pinckaers
Editing Simon Azari
Sound Laszlo Umbreit
Music Winter Family - Ruth Roesnthal, Xavier Klaine

Technical specs

Running time film 125'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray
Aspect ratio 16/9
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Main producer Michel Steyaert
Main production company CVB-VIDEP
Supported by Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Wallonie Image Production


2015: IDFA/International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (NL), CPH:DOX (DK)

New Flemish documentary work on show in Amsterdam

This year’s International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) presents a batch of new and recent documentary work by Marie Brumagne & Bram Van Cauwenberghe, Sarah Vanagt, Dries Depoorter, Isabelle Tollenaere and Rachida El Garani. Dutch-Flemish co-production A Family Affair opens the Festival on November 18.

Into DarknessInto Darkness by Rachida El Garani has been invited for both the Student Competition and the Kids & Docs Competition at IDFA. The director’s graduation short is about Mohamed, an 11-year-old Moroccan boy whose only dream it is not to turn blind, as have 11 of his family members. Living in poverty and excluded from society, the deeply religious family tries to keep their hopes and dreams alive.

Published on Wednesday 14 October 2015

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Director Guy-Marc Hinant
Producers Manu Riche
Writers Guy-Marc Hinant

Riche Riche & Riche
Geneviève De Bauw
Victor Hugostraat 172
1030 Brussel


Claudine Van O

T +32 2 221 10 62

Website cvb-videp.be/cvb/fr/catalogue/film/id/242#film-photos
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